Friday, October 24, 2008-10:00 a.m.

325 Graff Main Hall


Members Present:        Rob Dixon, Vijendra Agarwal, Kenny Hunt, Glenn Wright, Carol Angell, S.N. Rajagopal, Tom Kuffel, Bernadette Taylor-Winfrey, Michelle Thorman, Dave Reineke

Members Excused:       Ashley Olson, Scott Swedeen, Jim Finch

Consultants Present:    Bruce May, Charles Martin-Stanley, Ray Abhold



The meeting was called to order at 10:01 am by Rob Dixon.


1.      M/S/P (10-0-0) to approve minutes from October 10, 2008, meeting.


2.   Announcements


Rob noted that the RSEL grants were in and ready for review, with the expectation that the committee will take action on them at the Nov. 7th GC meeting. 


VJ announced that there would be a combined graduation ceremony in December for both graduate and undergraduate students.  He also told the committee that a total of 31 RSEL grants were received, which is higher than the number of applications for the fall grants in the previous two years and that a representative from ProQuest publishing would present strategies for publishing theses at the Nov. 21 GC meeting


3.   Graduate Faculty criteria


The committee discussed the need for more consistency in the processing of graduate faculty applications in department and college offices.  It was noted that there is a wide variation in the applications and that it would be beneficial if the department chair or program director was required to submit a formal letter of support.  Rob charged the GC Advisory Committee to redesign the application template for the GC and Deans to review.


4.   The committee moved into closed session M/S/P (10-0-0) to take action on Graduate Faculty applications with the following results:


CLS:    Motion to approve all applicants where reviewers were in agreement

                  M/S/P (10-0-0)

            Motion to approve applicant 25

                  M/S/P (10-0-0)

            Motion to approve applicant 26

                  M/S/P (6-3-1)

            Motion to approve applicant 27

                  M/S/P (9-0-1)

            Motion to approve applicant 28

                  M/S/P (0-10-0)

Motion to approve applicant 28 for provisional membership for fall 2008 and spring 2009

                  M/S/P (10-0-0)


NOTE:  two council members had to leave the meeting to fulfill other commitments


CBA:  Motion to approve applicant 1

                  M/S/P (7-1-0)


SAH:    Motion to approve all applicants where reviewers were in agreement

                  M/S/P (7-1-0)

            Motion to approve applicant 9

                  M/S/P (8-0-0)


Meeting adjourned:  11:05 a.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Dave Reineke


C:         Graduate Council Members

            Department Chairs

            Graduate Program Directors

            Faculty Senate

            Graduate Council File